File:Laurel & Hardy in Flying Deuces 1 edited.png|thumb|right|Stan Laurel (left) and Oliver Hardy (right) in their 1939 feature ''The Flying Deuces''
'''Laurel and Hardy''' were a comedy double act
during the Cinema of the United States#Rise of Hollywood|early Classical Hollywood cinema|Classical Hollywood
era of Cinema of the United States|American cinema
. The team was composed of thin Englishman Stan Laurel
(1890–1965) and heavyset American Oliver Hardy
(1892–1957). They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick
comedy with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy.
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